Gibraltar Darts Trophy 28th – 30th June

I had another great run in the in the 5th European Tour of the year making it to the Quarter Finals.
64 players across three days in the Tercentenary Hall at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.
First round I defeated George Federico 6-2, Second Connie Finnan 6-5, third John Henderson 6-5.
I then lost 6-0 in the Quarter Finals to Phil Taylor, I averaged 102 but Phil was in tremendous form and averaged 112.

Phil went on to win the tournament beating Welsh Youngster Jamie Lewis  6-1  in the final.

I’m now looking forward to my favourite tournament, The World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and hope the draw is kind to me !!!!!

Happy Darting
Steve

 

European Tour 4 Austria 31st May- 2nd June

 

May has been another busy month.

 

I  qualified for the European Tour 4 in Austria at the beginning  of the month in Wigan and had a great run to the Semi’s in it at the weekend.

This was held at Arena Nova in Wiener Neustadt.

I played Erwin Freidl in the first round and  won 6-4.
I landed two 11 dart legs on my way to beating John Henderson 6-5 in the second.

A 6-1 victory over Kevin McDine in the third set me up for a clash against another  World Champion Jelle Klaasen in the Quarters.

I won the battle of  the Former World Champions 6-2 to reach my first European Tour Semi Final.

My opponent was Mervyn King  and he punished me for missing four match darts in the deciding leg.

I was first to a double in the final leg but missed double 16 for a 102 finish and then three further darts at the bed, so Mervyn snatched the victory on  double ten.

Michael Van Gerwen defeated Mervyn  6-3 in the final.

Congratulations to Michael who is a  great player and is playing brilliant darts!!!

 

The previous weekend I made the Quarter Finals at the Pro Tour event on the Sunday by defeating Keith Rooney 6-4, Dan Russell 6-3, Ian White 6-4, Ronnie Baxter 6-0, then lost  to Andy Smith 6-3.

 

Congratulations to Jamie Caven who  had a fantastic double win over that weekend.

 

I also commentated for Eurosport on the first round matches of the Dubai Duty Free Masters.

 

I was part of a charity golf day in aid of  the Afghanistan Trust hosted by The Wigley Group at the De-Vere in Staverton, Northamptonshire.

Shame about the weather, we all came in drenched but a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the whole day such a success.

 

I have also qualified for the European Tour 5 in Gibraltar at the end of June which is great news but first I am looking to take my present form in to the Speedy Services UK Open Finals at the reebok Stadium in Bolton later this week.

 

I would like to say a big thank you to my sponsors Winmau and The Wigley group for their continued support which is really appreciated.

 

Happy Darting

Steve

WIGAN WEEKEND 25TH-26TH MAY

I again made the Quarter Finals on the Sunday at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan after making three rounds on the Saturday.
I started with a 6-4 win over Keith Rooney then Dan Russell 6-3, Ian white 6-4, Ronnie Baxter 6-0  and then lost to Andy Smith 6-3.
Congratulations to Jamie Caven for a fantastic double win over the weekend.

I am really pleased with how I am playing as I had previously qualified for the European Tour 4 in Austria and also the European Tour 5 in Gibraltar at the end of  June.

It’s great that I am still in with a chance of qualifying for a spot in the World Matchplay in Blackpool, so that’s good news.

Happy Darting

Steve

WIGAN WEEKEND 27TH-28TH APRIL

 

Well I’m happy to have qualified for the European Tour 3 on Friday evening at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan by defeating

Jamie Robinson 6-4, Peter Evison 6-0 and Ken Macneil 6-5.

The event will be held at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf,  Germany from 17th-19th May and I have drawn Ritchie Burnett in the first round.

The following day in the UK Qualifier I made it to the Quarter Finals defeating Simon Burt 6-4, Joey Palfreyman 6-2, Peter Wright 6-4, Steve West 6-2, Dennis Smith 6-5  and then lost to John Part 6-3.

This sealed my place at  the Speedy Services UK Open Televised Finals at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton from the 6th-9th June.

I’m looking forward to the Pro Tour in Wigan this weekend but unfortunately I have to play in the Qualifier on the Friday evening for the European Tour 4.
Let’s  hope  I have another successful weekend.

Happy Darting Steve

PORTERS LODGE HEART OF DARTS CHARITY EVENT

We had a great turnout for the Heart of Darts Charity Event at the Porters Lodge in London on Tuesday evening.
At the  last count the evening had raised £2,863.17 with hopefully more to come.
Thank you to all who supported the evening and a big thank you to Paul  Brown for all his hard work in organising such a successful event.

SCOTLAND DARTS TOUR

Just back from my darts tour in  Scotland.  Good run home 5hrs 20mins.
I loved travelling around and taking in the breath taking scenery.
I had a great week and would like to thank everyone who helped to make all the nights so successful and also everybody that supported me.
A big thank  you to my mate Wullie Burns for all  his hard work in planning the events.
Here’s to next year, CHEERS !!!!!

 

 

 

 

Algarve Break for my Birthday

Just had a great break in the Algarve with my wife Nanette for my birthday.
So good to see the sun again!!!!!

Re-charged my batteries for  two  more UK open  Qualifier events in Wigan this coming weekend.

 

WIGAN WEEKEND UK OPEN QUALIFIER 3 & 4

The third and fourth UK Open Qualifier was held at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

224 players entered both days.

I only made the second round on the  Saturday but faired better on the Sunday making it to the last 16.

I beat Matt Clark 6-0, Roland Scholten 6-1, Alex Roy 6-4 ,Kevin Thomas  6-5 and then lost to  Gary Anderson.

Gary Anderson and Andy  Hamilton both hit  nine darters on the Saturday and Michael van Gerwen was the winner on the Saturday and  Robert Thornton on the Sunday.

Looking forward to the second European Tour in Germany over Easter.

European Tour 1 Minehead

The first European Tour of the year held at Butlins, Minehead, didn’t go to plan as I lost 6-4 to Kurt van de Rijck in the first  round. I was scoring really well but missed too many doubles and you  know what they say “scoring for show, doubles for dough”.

Congratulations to John Part now the Uk Masters Champion after defeating Stuart Kellett 6-4 in the final.